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10cc Star In Their Own ‘Original Soundtrack’

The band’s third album contained ‘Life Is A Minestrone’ and ‘I’m Not In Love’ as part of an ambitious and sophisticated soundscape.

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10cc Original Soundtrack

The rare and estimable ability to create both catchy, bitesize singles that sounded great on the radio, and sophisticated, ambitious album content, was never better illustrated than in the hands of 10cc. By the time they reached their third long player, The Original Soundtrack, that skill had become second nature to these four innovative British musicians. The album made its UK chart debut on 22 March 1975.

Listen to The Original Soundtrack right now.

Produced as usual by 10cc themselves, the record would soon have the calling card of a typically amusing and irreverent hit single, ‘Life Is A Minestrone.’ Within a few weeks of that reaching No. 7 in the UK, clamour for ‘I’m Not In Love’ to be released as a swift follow-up led to that extraordinary ballad racing to No. 1.

Life Is A Minestrone 10ccThe album itself showed 10cc in their most confident and expansive form to date, opening with the episodic Kevin Godley and Lol Crème composition ‘Une Nuit A Paris,’ all eight minutes and 40 seconds of it. For all of the band’s pop sensibilities, The Original Soundtrack contained some dark lyrical themes, addressing the pornography trade on Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart’s ‘Blackmail’ and the drug trafficking industry on their ‘Flying Junk.’

Soundtrack debuted on the British album survey at No. 6 and spent its first ten weeks inside the top ten, peaking at No. 3 in the ninth of those, in May. It stayed in the top 40 all the way into October, reappearing intermittently until well over a year after its release. The LP’s aggregate of 40 weeks on the bestsellers remained the best tally of 10cc’s career.

The New Musical Express critic Charles Shaar Murray, notoriously acerbic in much of his writing, was fulsome in his praise, marvelling at 10cc’s creative autonomy on The Original Soundtrack. “Once they scuttle into Strawberry Studios,” he wrote, “and get stuck into their composing, arranging, producing, engineering, overdubbing, compressing, mixing and so on and so forth, they mess your mind around a treat.”

The Original Soundtrack can be bought here.

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  1. Carmine Conti

    March 23, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    this and several other 10cc songs or albums were and still the most influential musical works of four musicians who not only wrote and performed defining music of a pop world, but later on developed gear or engineered techniques that later helped define innovative styles ne instrumentation still reveered today…!!!! Hopefully they will re-release this in Vinyl…!!!
    Congrats on 40 years…!!!

  2. Kathy Lynne

    March 23, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Loved this as a teen! Still Do! So happy to know this reunion is happening. Simply Joyful!
    Congratulations on 40 Years!
    God bless,
    Kindly,
    Kathy Lynne

  3. harold

    March 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    bought this when it first came out. ‘i’m not in love’ never really did it for me, but there are some great moments, like eric’s savage, searing steel guitar on ‘blackmail’. great lp, but i always felt ‘sheet music’ was a bit more cohesive

  4. Brian Spain

    March 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    First record i ever bought at age 11. Rubber Bullets. Wicked.

  5. Alison Healey

    March 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    “The seat of learning and the flush of success relieves the constipated mind” – Life is a Minestrone – one of the best lines ever written!

  6. John turner

    March 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Brilliant album 22 when i bought it still plays like new

  7. duane duckworth

    March 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

    these guys are some of the best lyricist of their time…studied “not in love” and the simple but honest lines that are overwhelmingly relate-table remind me of songs like the Beatle’s “Yesterday” or Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind”…

  8. Paul

    March 29, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Just toured with ‘sheet music’ saw them in Manchester, fantastic, so let’s hope will celebrate this album by getting back on the road soon…!!! have always sounded great and best lyrics by any band in a generation…

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